Karen Bass

Karen Bass is a multi-award-winning young adult author, including a two-time winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction (Uncertain Soldier and Graffiti Knight). Her newest novel, Two Times a Traitor, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and her first book for middle grade readers. She loves writing action and adventure, and slides in some history when she can to make the past come alive for young readers. Karen recently moved from Alberta to Hamilton and is enjoying exploring a new area.


Two Times a Traitor

Pajama Press

Angry over his family’s recent move and current enforced holiday in Halifax, twelve-year-old Laz Berenger rebels against a guided tour of the Citadel and sets out to explore on his own. In one dark tunnel, his St. Christopher’s medal burns suddenly hot. There’s a strange smell, and Laz blacks out. When he wakes up, everything happens at once. A sword is put to his throat. Men who look like extras from Pirates of the Caribbean hand him over to a ship’s captain who strips him and takes his medal. He is declared a French spy. Laz realizes, to his horror, that it is 1745 and he is trapped in time. Read more.